Education & Training

Medical School

University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry


Transitional Year

  • Barnes Jewish Hospital


Internal Medicine

  • University Of Washington Medical Center


American Board of Internal Medicine


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Academic Information

Professor Emeritus and Former Chair


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United States

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Research Profile

Jack Colwill, MD, graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine, then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Washington. He came to MU in 1964 to serve as assistant dean of the School of Medicine. In 1976, he was named the first permanent chair of MU Family and Community Medicine. 

In 1979, Dr. Colwill led efforts to bring the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Academic Family Medicine Fellowship to MU. This program was developed to address the shortage of faculty members across the country.

A national expert in physician workforce issues, Dr. Colwill focused on expanding primary care services, especially for underserved and rural populations, throughout his career. From 1990-1996, he served on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, and from 1992-2000, he directed the RWJF Generalist Physician Initiative.

In 1989, Dr. Colwill was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM). He earned the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Marian Bishop Award in 2002, and in 2004, he was named a National Associate of The National Academies.

Since retiring in 1997, Jack spends his summers in Utah with Win, his wife of 50+ years, and travels across the country to visit his children and grandchildren.

Research Interests

  • Physician workforce issues
  • Primary care needs for rural and underserved populations

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Awards & Honors

Curtis G. Hames Research Award
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, and North American Primary Care Research Group

National Associate
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

F. Marion Bishop Leadership Award
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

National Academy of Medicine Member (formerly Institute of Medicine)



Patient relationships and the personal physician in tomorrow’s health system: a perspective from the Keystone IV Conference.
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM. 2016;29(Suppl 1):S54-S59.
Colwill JM, Frey JJ, Baird MA, Kirk JW, Rosser WW.


The last five years of the MU/ADFM new chairs workshop.
Annals of Family Medicine. 2017;15(1):90-91.
Zweig S, Davis A, Weidner A, Hosokawa M, Colwill J.